In 1975 the British people had a referendum on whether we wanted to remain part of a Common Market. Free trade was quite appealing in a globe which was then beset by huge, punitive tariffs. My dad voted for it, believing government assurances that it was only a trading bloc and not a political project. He’s regretted that ever since.
41 years later, in an interconnected internet-savvy age, the world has moved on. The share of world GDP of current EU members has dropped from over 30% (1980) to 16.5% today, and it’ll be down to around 15% by 2020. According to the IMF, even if you add the economies of all 28 countries together the EU economy now smaller than the United States alone. Times have moved on, but thankfully we have a second bite at the cherry.
If we vote to Remain, there are huge risks of the EU extending its tentacles over more and more areas of our daily life, of EU enlargement diminishing British influence, and of eurozone economic collapse affecting Britain.
Please don’t waste this chance to vote to leave the European Union. It’s possible that another 41 years could pass before we get the chance to have our say again.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East